Coffee livelihoods diversification project is funded by an American company by the name Keurig Inc. this company buys coffee from Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda. In Kenya, the focus area is Mukurweini Sub-county in Nyeri County in 5 locations namely Muhito, Githi, Rutune, Giathugu and Gikondi. The project however ventured into Thanu and Gakindu locations recently with a component on Saving and internal lending communities (SILC). All target beneficiaries are small holder coffee farmers.
The project started in June 2010 targeting 1000 farmers and later expanded by targeting an extra 500 beneficiaries in the year 2011. The current direct beneficiaries stand at 1500 and 18000 indirect beneficiaries.
The livelihoods of vulnerable smallholder coffee growing households in Nyeri County of Kenya improved.
Activities (objective 1)
Activities (Objective 2)
Improved Food security
Increased Household Income
Use of Strategic Information
Improved stakeholder linkage
Key focus was given on stakeholder support to enhance sustainability and increase technical support to the beneficiaries. Key stakeholders engaged include:
Inability to recruit 225 SILC groups as previously planned.